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Attorney Venus Caruso

Venus Caruso

office: (561) 437-2972

email: venus@carusolawoffice.com

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Venus Caruso founded Caruso Law PLLC after practicing law for nearly two decades, first as a litigator and then as in-house legal counsel. 

 

As a former Partner at the prominent national law firm of Akerman, Venus represented various clients, from Fortune 500 companies to national law firms and mid-sized businesses, in complex commercial litigation cases involving high value claims for amounts ranging from high six figures to over 1 billion dollars. At the same time, Venus advised diverse clients on business related legal matters, from commercial contracts, LLC operating agreements, business governance matters, employees and the workplace, healthcare law and regulatory compliance, vendor and supplier agreements and relationships, and trade secrets, to confidentiality, non-competition, non-solicitation, data privacy and security, startup matters, and risk mitigation strategies. 

 

Following her success in BigLaw, Venus transitioned to executive in-house legal counsel roles at privately held companies operating in highly regulated industries. In addition to serving as a trusted advisor to key stakeholders, C-levels, and company management, Venus led all legal and regulatory affairs and operations. This included managing business governance matters, writing operating agreements, spearheading and administering the legal and compliance departments, drafting and negotiating company-wide contracts, writing employment agreements, templates and company codes, developing and overseeing robust privacy and cybersecurity programs, directing risk assessments, audits and remediations, managing key external relationships, pioneering a culture of continuous staff training and client education, resolving disputes, and mitigating legal risks. 

During her litigation years, Venus was honored to be recognized as one of Florida's Legal Elite for Commercial Litigation, an accolade then awarded to fewer than 2% of all practicing Florida licensed attorneys. 

Admissions

  • Florida Bar

  • Southern District of Florida, United States District Court

Education

Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center

J.D., Magna Cum Laude​

University of South Florida

M.A., Criminology, Magna Cum Laude

York University

B.A., Sociology, Cum Laude

Professional Recognitions

  • Florida's Legal Elite for Commercial Litigation, Florida Trend, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015

  • Order of Barristers, High Court Room Advocacy, 2004

Public Speaking

  • How to Avoid Committing Healthcare Fraud While Balancing Toxicology Revenue With Treatment Programs, National Conference on Addiction Order, 2016

  • (Dis)Order in the Court - Mock Trial of a Sexual Harassment Case, Akerman Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar, 2013

  • Avoiding FLSA Lawsuits, Akerman Labor and Employment Law Seminar, 2012

  • Social Media Networking Sites and Employment-Related Decisions, Sterling Education Services, Employment Law Seminar, 2012

  • Termination and Best Practices, Akerman Annual Employment Law Beyond the Basics Seminar, 2012

  • Law Week Mock Trial Bureau Program, Palm Beach Bar Association, 2012

  • Contracting Principles and Their Effect on Construction Litigation, Private Company Seminar, 2011

Boards and Committees

  • Cannabinoid Industry Association, Former Advisory Board Member

  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Palm Beach County Chapter, Former Board Member, Director and Committee Chair

  • NSU Alumni Association, Shepard Broad Law Center, Former Board Member and Secretary

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